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Ethics Committee of EUROTAS

EUROTAS Ethics Committee was created in 2015 to maintain the high ethical standards of our members working in the field of transpersonal education, psychology and psychotherapy. The Ethics Committee consists of well-known and respected personalities to whom we trust to consider any matters related to the ethical standards of our members: Monique Tiberghien, Belgium Ank Van Gulik,  Holland John Rowan, UK Vitor Rodrigues, Portugal Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz, Germany Lyudmila Skortsesku, Moldova   The main ethical principles which are common to all members of the Eurotas, published below. In addition, each department has added its own specific ethical principles, competencies and responsibilities. The Ethics committee will deal with specific complains according to the specific ethical principles of each department. Any suggestions or complaints, please submit to: Ms. Ingrida Indane, executive director mail@eurotas.org Ms. Lydmila Scartescu, coordinator of Ethics Committee lyuararasco@gmail.com  

Main Ethical Principles of EUROTAS

  EUROTAS members respect the dignity and worth of the individual and strive for the preservation and protection of fundamental human rights and peace on earth. They are committed to:   1) increasing knowledge of a holistic transformation of the human being in body, mind, soul and spirit and of people’s understanding of themselves and others and the utilization of such knowledge for the promotion of human welfare. 2) encourage the application of the transpersonal perspective and conceptual framework to education, the economy, ecology, politics, art and other areas of human life and society.   On the personal qualities of EUROTAS members: 1) would possess the qualities of empathy, compassion and love for humanity, 2) would have an open heart, be delicate and sensitive to the feelings of other people, 3) would honor all seekers of spiritual pathways and respect the diversity of religions and traditions, 4) take responsibility for one’s own words and actions.   EUROTAS members commit compliance with all of these principles:

PRINCIPLE 1. RESPONSIBILITY

PRINCIPLE 1. RESPONSIBILITY

Principle 1.a: EUROTAS members maintain the highest standards in their profession. Principle 1.b: They bear a social responsibility because their professional actions and recommendations may alter the lives of others. They are alert to personal, social, organizational, financial, environmental, or political situations and pressures that might lead to misuse of their influence. Principle 1.c: EUROTAS members are responsible in the dissemination of the principles and methods for developing wisdom and perception of the unity of life and in the sacred which underlies all. Principle 1.d: They contribute to the rapid changes taking place across our planet which involve the relationship of individuals to one another, the planet and to themselves. It is multi-disciplinary, embracing all sectors of life and society, but has neither religious, nor political affiliations and is not limited to any particular discipline, school of thought, or technique.

PRINCIPLE 2: COMPETENCE

PRINCIPLE 2: COMPETENCE

EUROTAS members respect the integrity and protect the welfare of the people and groups with whom they work. Principle 2.a: The maintenance of high standards of competence is a responsibility shared by all EUROTAS members in the interest of public and human welfare. Principle 2.b: EUROTAS members accurately represent their competence, education, training, and experience. They claim as evidence of educational & professional training qualifications only those degrees or qualifications obtained from reputable educational institutions. Principle 2.c: EUROTAS members recognize the need for continuing education and personal development and are open to new procedures and changes in expectations and values over time.

PRINCIPLE 3: MORAL & LEGAL STANDARDS

PRINCIPLE 3: MORAL & LEGAL STANDARDS

Principle 3.a: EUROTAS members’ moral and ethical standards of behavior are a personal matter to the same degree as they are for any other citizen. They are sensitive to prevailing community standards and to the possible impact that conformity to or deviation from these standards may have upon the quality of their performance as members of EUROTAS. Principle 3.b: EUROTAS members are also aware of the possible impact of their public behavior upon the ability of colleagues to perform their professional duties. Principle 3.c: EUROTAS members avoid any action that will violate or diminish the human, legal and civil rights of persons or others who may be affected.

PRINCIPLE 4: PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

PRINCIPLE 4: PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Principle 4.a: EUROTAS members respect other members of their profession and of related professions and make every effort to provide full information and give mutual respect. Principle 4.b: EUROTAS members cooperate fully with their own professional, national, and European transpersonal organizations & associations and with the European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS) by responding promptly and completely to inquiries from and requirements of any duly constituted ethics or professional committees of such associations or organizations of which they are a member or to which they belong. Principle 4.c: EUROTAS members contribute:
  • to promote communication among researchers, members of EUROTAS, and other interested groups and individuals, through conferences, seminars newsletter and other publications.
  • to promote relations and co-operation with other groups and organizations of the transpersonal movement throughout the world.
  • to facilitate inter-country projects on promotion of education, research and service and establish a network of organizations throughout Europe in the transpersonal field.
  Principle 4.d: EUROTAS members act with due regard for the needs, special competencies, and obligations of their colleagues and other professions. They respect the prerogatives and obligations of the institutions or organizations with which these other colleagues are associated. Principle 4.i: EUROTAS members know and take into account the traditions and practices of other professional groups with whom they work and they cooperate fully with such groups. Principle 4.f: Publication credit is assigned to those who have contributed to a publication in proportion to their professional contributions. Major contributions of a professional character made by several persons to a common project are recognized by joint authorship with the individual who made the principle contribution listed first. Minor contributions of a professional character and extensive clerical or similar non-professional assistance may be acknowledged in footnotes or in an introductory statement. Acknowledgement through specific citations is made for unpublished as well as published material that has directly influenced the research or writing. EUROTAS members who compile and edit material of others for publication publish the material in the name of the originating group, if appropriate, with their own name appearing as chairperson or editor. All contributors are acknowledged and named.

PRINCIPLE 5: PUBLIC STATEMENTS

PRINCIPLE 5: PUBLIC STATEMENTS

Principle 5.a: Public statements, announcements of services, advertising, and promotional activities of EUROTAS members serve the purpose of helping the public make informed judgments and choices. EUROTAS members represent accurately and objectively their professional qualifications, affiliations, and functions, as well as those of the institutions or organizations with which they or the statements may be associated. In public statements providing information or professional opinions or providing information about the availability of techniques, products, publications, and services, EUROTAS members base their statements on generally acceptable findings and techniques with full recognition of the limits and uncertainties of such evidence. Principle 5.b: Announcements or advertisements of “personal growth groups,” special interest group sessions, courses, trainings and agencies give a clear statement of purpose and a clear description of the experiences or training to be provided. The education, training, and experience of the staff members are appropriately specified and available prior to the commencement of the group, training course or services. A clear statement of fees and any contractual implications is available before participation. Principle 5.c: EUROTAS members associated with the development or promotion of their techniques, products, books, or other such offered for commercial sale make reasonable efforts to ensure that announcements and advertisements are presented in a professional, scientifically acceptable, ethical and factually informative manner. Principle 5.d: EUROTAS members do not participate for personal gain in commercial announcements or advertisements recommending to the public the purchase or use of proprietary or single-source products or services when that participation is based solely upon their identification as members of EUROTAS. Principle 5.e: EUROTAS members present the science and art of their profession and offer services, products, and publications fairly and accurately, avoiding misrepresentation through sensationalism, exaggeration, or superficiality. EUROTAS members are guided by the primary obligation to aid the public in developing informed judgments, opinions, and choices. Principle 5.f: As teachers, EUROTAS members ensure that statements in catalogues and course outlines are accurate and not misleading, particularly in terms of subject matter to be covered, bases for evaluating progress, and the nature of course experiences. Announcements, brochures or advertisements describing workshops, seminars, or other educational programs accurately describe the audience for which the program is intended as well as eligibility requirements, educational objectives, and nature of the materials to be covered. These announcements also accurately represent the education, training, and experience of the psychotherapists presenting the programs and any fees involved. Principle 5.g: Products that are described or presented by means of public lectures or demonstrations, newspaper or magazine articles, radio or television programs, mail, or similar media meet the same recognized standards as exist for products used in the context of a professional relationship.

Additions to the Main Ethical Principles of EUROTAS

Additions to the Main Ethical Principles of EUROTAS

  1. Informal resolution of ethics violations.
In the case when EUROTAS members believe that other members have violated the ethics code in relation to them, they try to resolve these issues by attracting attention of the offenders, if informal resolution seems adequate and such cooperation does not violate any privacy rights that may be involved in this process.  
  1. Consideration of ethics violations in national professional ethics committees.
If an obvious ethical violation has caused or may cause substantial harm to an individual or an organization and it could not be resolved informally, in accordance with paragraph 1, or not properly resolved, then EUROTAS members may take further action that is adequate to the situation. Such actions may include an appeal to the national Ethics Committee and/or national licensing and certification organization, with the request to consider the legitimacy of their licenses and certificates being used by a person that is suspected of ethics violations. This rule does not apply when interference will infringe any privacy rights.  
  1. Consideration of ethics violations in international professional ethics committees.
If an obvious ethical violation has caused or may cause substantial harm to an individual or an organization and it could not be resolved informally, in accordance with paragraph 1, 2, 3, or not properly resolved, then EUROTAS members may take further action that is adequate to the situation. Such actions may include an appeal to the EUROTAS Ethics Committee and/or international licensing and certification organization, with the request to consider the legitimacy of their licenses and certificates being used by a person that is suspected of ethics violations. This rule does not apply when interference will infringe any privacy rights.  
  1. Consideration of ethics violations in other institutions.
If an obvious ethical violation has caused or may cause substantial harm to an individual or an organization and it was not resolved in accordance with paragraphs 1 – 3, EUROTAS members may take further action, adequate to the situation, including an appeal to the judicial institutions.  
  1. Ethical dimensions of social networks and the Internet
EUROTAS members do not use the Internet and social networks for the dissemination and publication of information discrediting EUROTAS members and damaging the reputation of the transpersonal community. It is unacceptable to use social networks and the Internet for “information wars” and charges against other EUROTAS members about their ethics violations without consideration of paragraphs 1 to 3 of this Annex.
 
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